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You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
--Maya Angelou

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Acting Head of Technology: Mrs K Turner - turnerk@harpergreen.net 

Subject overview

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

 Key Stage 3 overview

We follow the national curriculum for design technology.

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, our young people will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They will work in a range of domestic and local contexts, and industrial contexts.

Because of the nature of the content that we deliver, we run 5 8-week projects, meaning that our content does not fit as neatly into the half termly schemes of learning as some other curriculum areas.

Year 7

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

 Introduction To Catering

 Introduction To Catering Terminology

 Health and Social Care

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this project, students will learn about hygiene and safety, and they will also develop their practical skills.

 

  • They will learn how to use the hob and cooker safely and develop their knife skills.
  • Students will make hot chocolate and toast, a fruit salad, fruit crumble and pasta salad and they will also begin to learn about the Eat Well Guide and the importance of a healthy balanced diet.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this project pupils will learn about a range of equipment used in catering.

 

  • They will develop their chopping skills and learn how to cook dishes from other cultures.
  • This includes:
    • stir fry,
    • designing and making a healthy burger
    • scones.
  • Pupils will also learn the importance of weighing and measuring.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this unit pupils will learn about the basic aspects of health and social care

 

  • They will look at topics such as:
    • friendships,
    • problems with identity
    • managing feelings
    • confidence.
  • They will build their knowledge and understanding on a range of lifestyle topics, which they can then use in everyday life events.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • Full examination in January 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during Term 1.

Block 4

Block 5

 Toy car project 

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this project, pupils research, design and manufacture a vehicle aimed at early year’s development.

 

They are taught how to use a range of hand tools and machinery in the workshop.

 

By completing this project, pupils increase their accuracy using tools as well as building their confidence in a workshop environment.

 

As well as practical skills, pupils also develop their subject knowledge of:

  • woods and their properties,
  • surface finishes,
  • types of motion,
  • sketching and rendering work,
  • descriptive evaluation.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • Full examination in June 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during the year.

Year 8

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Presentation of Foods

 Afternoon Tea

 Health & Social Care Unit

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this unit, pupils will focus on how to present products and will test products, they will then design, make and decorate a Victoria Sandwich Cake.

 

They will then make a pastry product and design a cheesecake.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

 In this project, pupils will learn how to make a selection of dishes that are suitable for afternoon tea.

 

They will make a variety of sweet and savoury foods:

  • lemon tarts,
  • cheese whirls
  • Victoria sponge cake slices.

 

They will also research the history of afternoon tea and looking at how foods can meet dietary needs.

 

Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this topic pupils will look at topics such as

  • tolerance,
  • stress,
  • self-esteem
  • confidence.

 

They will build their knowledge and understanding on a range of lifestyle topics which they can then use in everyday life events.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • Full examination in January 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during Term 1.

Block 4

Block 5 

Mood light project 

Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this project, pupils design and make a colour-changing mood light aimed at the children’s market.

 

They are taught how to construct an electrical circuit and the functions of the components used.

 

They are taught how to design for a specific client and how feedback can help them to modify their design ideas.

 

As well as practical skills involving the production of a working mood light, pupils are also taught how electricity flows.

 

They are shown how to apply Ohms law, how to identify electrical symbol and the classification of components.

 

They are introduced to plastics and how they can be manipulated using vacuum formers as well as using CAD/CAM.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • Full examination in June 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during the year.

 

 

Year 9

 

Block 1 

Block 2

Block 3

Job Roles

 HACCP

 Health and social Care

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this unit, students will look at the different job roles within the hospitality and catering industry, including:

  • head chef,
  • waiter
  • pastry chef.

They will develop their practical skills by making a number of dishes such as:

  • spaghetti carbonara,
  • tiffin
  • brownie cheesecake.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this unit, pupils will focus on developing their knowledge of the hygiene and safety laws within the catering industry.

 

They will develop skills in cooking products.

 

They will develop an understanding on the different ways of cooking products and a range of techniques.

 

They will also study different commodities. 

Skills and Knowledge:

 

This project will allow pupils the opportunity to develop research skills becoming more independent.

 

Pupils will look at the life stages people pass through and physical, intellectual, emotional and social development.

 

Pupils will look at the positive and negative aspects of PIES and how these can have impact on different people.

 

Pupils will cover Infancy, Early Childhood and Adolescence.

 

Pupils will continue to focus on the life stages people pass through and the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and how these can affect people. They will also look at how we care for others.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • Full examination in January 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during Term 1.

Block 4

Block 5

Casting project– metal keyring 

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this unit pupils will design and make a metal keyring.

 

They complete a range of research tasks before completing a selection of suitable design solutions.

 

They look at how metal can be formed and shaped and what makes it a versatile material to use in manufacturing.

 

They will also cover health and safety when using the machines in the workshop.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • Full examination in June 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during the year.

 

 Key Stage 4 overview - 

At Key Stage 4, we currently offer three different options at key stage 4. Students who are interested in technology and would like to deepen their study in a specific area. We offer courses in hospitality and catering, health and social care, and design technology. These options prepare students for any future study or employment, but are also excellent in helping students to develop valuable life skills.

 Key Stage 4 GCSE Design Technology 

Year 10

 

Half Term 1 

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Clock project

 Passive speaker 

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this topic, pupils create a personalised clock.

  • They use a range of modern and traditional manufacturing techniques in its production, ranging from the wood turning lathe to modern CAD/CAM.
  • They cover the working properties of woods, metals and plastics as well as looking at the environmental effect of using these materials.
  • They also work using Jigs and to tolerances improving their manufacturing skills

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils create passive speakers and manufacture them using CAD/CAM.

 

They also learn about sustainability and the properties of the materials used in its construction.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • Full examination in January 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during Term 1.

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

CAD/CAM Fusion 360

 Presentation skills and modelling 

 Start of NEA

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this topic, pupil’s work with 3D and 2D drawing packages to design and make products using the laser cutters and 3D printers.

 

They will also cover the properties and applications of a range of modern plastics.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

 In this topic, students learn how to create technical and presentation drawings ready for starting their NEA.

 

They also cover modelling techniques and how to create scale models of products.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

The topics for the NEA are published and pupils start to gather research on their chosen design brief.

 

They will create mind maps, look at existing products and interview potential clients before starting to design their products.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • Full examination in June 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during the year.

Year 11

 

Half Term 1 

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Controlled Assessment

 

 

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils undertake a final controlled assessment piece of work based on a topic supplied by the examination board.

 

They will identify and investigate a range of design possibilities and develop a design brief based on the supplied topic.

 

They will then start to generate and develop design ideas.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

 Pupils will continue their controlled assessment work and move onto modelling and the manufacturing of a final prototype. 

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will then analyse and evaluate the design decisions they have made and the suitability of their final design solution.

 

They will create presentation boards to represent their work ready for moderation.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Full Pre-Public Examination (PPE) in November 2021. This will be a full mock examination series, helping students to get a "practice run" at the GCSE examination, along with full diagnostic feedback afterwards.
  • Learning checkpoints

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

 Revision

 

 

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will cover design and technology in the real world, smart materials and electronic systems and programmable components.

 

They will also cover mechanical components and devices, paper and boards, natural and manufactured timbers and ferrous and non-ferrous metals. 

Skills and Knowledge:

 

 Pupils will cover natural, synthetic, blended and mixed fibres and woven textiles.

 

They will also cover thermoforming and thermosetting polymers in depth.

 

Pupils will cover a range of exam techniques and recap topics covered over the last two years in preparation for the exam.

Assessment: 

  • Full Pre-Public Examination (PPE) in March 2022. This will be a full mock examination series, helping students to get a "practice run" at the GCSE examination, along with full diagnostic feedback afterwards.
  • Learning checkpoints

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

 

    Key Stage 4 BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care 

Year 10

 

Half Term 1 

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

 Life stages

 Life stages 2

 Component 1 Controlled assessment  - Celebrity report

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will look at the life stages people pass through and physical, intellectual, emotional and social development.

 

Pupils will look at the positive and negative aspects of PIES and how these can have impact on different people.

 

Pupils will cover Infancy, Early Childhood and Adolescence.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

 

Pupils will continue to focus on the life stages people pass through and the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development, particularly of early adulthood, middle adulthood and later adulthood and how these can affect people.

They will also look at how we care for others. 

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will produce a report on a chosen celebrity and write about their life over three life stages.

 

In each life stage they will cover each aspect of PIES.

 

They will produce background information and the first life stage – Early Childhood.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • Full examination in January 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during Term 1.

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

Component 1 Controlled assessment  - celebrity report

 Component 1 -Controlled assessment  - Factors

REVISION

Component 2- Care services

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will continue their report on their chosen celebrity and write about their life over three life stages.

 

In each life stage they will cover each aspect of PIES.

 

Pupils will cover the next two life stages relating to their celebrity and write a conclusion.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will be taught about the different factors which can impact on someone’s life and how these can affect a person.

 

Pupils will produce a report on the 5 factors discussing how certain factors have impacted on their celebrity, again covering PIES over the three life stages.

 

They will also do some revision for the June exam.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will cover will cover revision on the topics covered so far for the June exam.

 

They will then be introduced to component 2, which looks at the health and social care services offered to two different clients.

 

They will explain each care service and look at how these could be used by the clients.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • Full examination in June 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during the year.

 

 

Year 11

 

Half Term 1 

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Health & Well Being

 Health & Well Being 2

 Health & Well Being 3

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will produce a presentation on how barriers can be overcome for two clients, Verna and Sam.

They will assess their current health needs and what is preventing them from feeling better.

They will look at different care services.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

 Pupils will develop their learning in how to improve health and wellbeing and study the BMI, pulse rate and look at how to improve people’s health.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will develop their learning in a series of topics on health and wellbeing, such as exercise, diet, stress, hygiene.

 

These will prepare them for the component 3 examination.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Full Pre-Public Examination (PPE) in November 2021. This will be a full mock examination series, helping students to get a "practice run" at the GCSE examination, along with full diagnostic feedback afterwards.
  • Learning checkpoints

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Barriers to Entry 

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will create short and long term plans and develop health plans for particular clients.

 

They will analyse current health needs and put plans together to allow a client to feel better

 

 

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will produce a report on care values.

 

They will act out a role play and then analyse the service available for the client.

 

Have the care values for this client been met and how could they be met?

Assessment: 

  • Full Pre-Public Examination (PPE) in March 2022. This will be a full mock examination series, helping students to get a "practice run" at the GCSE examination, along with full diagnostic feedback afterwards.
  • Learning checkpoints

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

 

    Key Stage 4 - Level 2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering

 

Year 10

 

Half Term 1 

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

How food can cause ill health

 How the hospitality and catering provision meets health and safety requirements

 The Hospitality and Catering Environment

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this topic, pupils will learn about the role and responsibilities of an EHO and the different food laws.

 

They will learn about food poisoning and the different types and symptoms.

 

Pupils will develop their practical skills and apply hygiene and safety procedures.

 

They will produce meat pie, lemon tarts, pizza doughs and other items.

 

Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this topic, pupils will learn the personal safety responsibilities in the workplace and identify risks.

 

They will recommend safety and control measures in the catering provision.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this topic, pupils will learn about the structure of the catering industry and analyse job requirements.

 

They will describe working conditions of different job roles and explain the factors affecting the success of catering providers.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • Full examination in January 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during Term 1.

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

How the Hospitality and Catering provision operates

 Requirements of the Hospitality and Catering provision

 Controlled Assessment

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

In this topic, pupils will learn about the operation of the kitchen and the front of house.

 

They will be able to explain how the catering provision meets customer requirements.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

 In this topic, pupils will review the hospitality and catering provision and recommend options for the catering provision in the future.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will be introduced to their piece of controlled assessment and begin to plan and practice making dishes for their exam.

 

They will also build on skills for creating their portfolio.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • Full examination in June 2022 - Students will be assessed on the topics studied during the year.

Year 11

 

Half Term 1 

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Controlled Assessment

 Controlled Assessment

 Revision 

 

Skills and Knowledge:

Pupils will work independently on controlled assessment in which they are required to cover a variety of topics learnt from year 10.

 

Pupils will learn the importance of nutrients and how this can be applied to create a range of balanced meals.

 

Pupils will also study the amount of nutrients needed for different age groups.

 

They will learn how different cooking methods impact on nutritional value and topics such as nutritional needs of specific groups and the functions of nutrients.

 

 

Pupils will trial different dishes and develop skills to carry through to the practical examination.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will continue to work independently on their controlled assessment.

 

They will develop an understanding on the different ways of cooking products and a range of techniques.

 

Pupils will learn about the factors to consider when proposing new dishes for menus.

 

They will study the time of year, skills of staff, equipment and the type of provision.

 

They will also need to consider the finance and the client base.

 

They will also study different commodities.

 

They will cover how to write and follow a time plan for their practical examination, why they have chosen dishes to meet certain requirements.

 

They will look at factors to consider when proposing dishes for a menu and how to address environmental issues.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will cover the structure of the hospitality and catering industry and explain factors affecting the success of hospitality and catering providers.

 

They will also look at how hospitality and catering provision meet customer requirements, look at personal safety responsibilities in the workplace and control measures for hospitality and catering provision.

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Assessment: 

  • Full Pre-Public Examination (PPE) in November 2021. This will be a full mock examination series, helping students to get a "practice run" at the GCSE examination, along with full diagnostic feedback afterwards.
  • Learning checkpoints

Assessment: 

 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Revision

 Skills and Knowledge:

 

They will understand how hospitality and catering provision operates and describe the operation of the kitchen looking at:

  • layout,
  • activities,
  • equipment
  • stock control.

They will be able to describe the operation of front of house and roles within a kitchen looking at skills and qualities and structure of staff.

Skills and Knowledge:

 

Pupils will learn about job requirements within the hospitality and catering industry, working conditions of different job roles across the hospitality and catering industry.

 

They will also recap topics learnt over the last two years in preparation for the exam.  

Assessment: 

  • Full Pre-Public Examination (PPE) in March 2022. This will be a full mock examination series, helping students to get a "practice run" at the GCSE examination, along with full diagnostic feedback afterwards.
  • Learning checkpoints

Assessment: 

  • Learning checkpoints across the unit.
  • End of unit assessment.